California had to act quick after Saturday's state title game between Hayward (Calif.) Moreau Catholic and Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery in order to get an offer in to 2016 small forward Oscar Frayer. As soon as he got out of the locker room, he headed to the gym to work out. He wasn't satisfied by the best finish in school history. He wanted to get back to work, especially after an 85-44 whooping.
"We came out thinking we were going to win, and we came into the game with our heads too high," Frayer said. "They just knocked us straight down."
Frayer wasn't focused on college throughout the season, so when the Bears became his first offer, it came as a bit of a surprise.
"I was focused on winning a state championship," Frayer said. "It didn't get done today."
The offer – aside from being a big honor for Frayer – threw the past year into stark relief.
"It made me realize that this year is coming to an end, and I have two more high school seasons left, and one AAU season, so I have to kick it into high gear and get ready," Frayer said. "We were in the locker room after the loss, and no one was talking, and coach [Frank] Knight, he pulled me aside after everyone left, and he was like, ‘Cal offered you.' I was like, ‘Great!'"
Frayer and 2017 teammate Damari Milstead were the headliners back in June at the Bears' high school camp, and now, nine months later, the offer means that much more for the 6-foot-5 forward. Still, though, for Frayer, Saturday night was all about his team.
"We didn't get it done, so it was a sad day," said Frayer. "It was a sad day."
Getting the Cal offer, though, did put a smile on Frayer's face. Frayer is old-school in ways other than just his tireless work ethic. His favorite Cal player? Jason Kidd.
"It's big, because just knowing that a school that's right around the corner from where I live wants me, it's big," Frayer said. "Cal's always had good players. Jason Kidd is probably my favorite, though."
The Bears became the four-star Frayer's first offer, and it was one he'd been hoping for, for quite some time, being that it's the hometown school and the program he's been rooting for his entire life.
Once the pain of losing subsided, the reality of the offer – and what the Mariners did this season, going 27-7 with not a single senior on the roster – set in.
"We were all sad after the loss, but once we got in the van, we talked for a while, and we realized that we accomplished a lot this season," Frayer said. "We feel like we deserved to win that game, but they came out more prepared than us, and at the end of the day, they just won. That's what it's all about."
Frayer Talks Cal Offer
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